These Ads Are Impossible To Skip, They’re Already Over


Skipping is for school children and web surfers. Be that as it may, you’re not going to skip this pre-roll advertising from GEICO. I don’t know about you, but I’m disrupted. Nice work, The Martin Agency. Share

Holy Tongue Cleaners, Orabrush Team Spins Off


Brands need YouTube content and advertising, but where do they turn to procure this modern form of communications currency? Ad agencies are changing, but few have crossed the bridge from making TV for a passive audience to making video for an active, empowered audience. One way to find a video provider is to discover who […]

Right In Front of Elliott’s Eyes, Media And Advertising Mutate


Stuart Elliott, the long-standing advertising critic at The New York Times, typed up his final column for the paper last week. Still getting pitched at 1:48 pm ET on my final day at #TheNewYorkTimes. In holiday spirit, won't unleash a "Stuartism" on hapless PR person — Stuart Elliott (@stuartenyt) December 19, 2014 In his final […]

New Feature Film from Red Bull Media House (One of 600 Pieces of Content)

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Content is not king. Red Bull’s content is king. Werner Brell, managing director of Red Bull Media House, made a rare public appearance at the Content All Stars summit in New York recently. Journalist and MBA, Dorian Benkoil, was there to speak with him for Mediashift. I joked to Brell that a toilet paper company […]

When Content Scores Points For Brands, It Doesn’t Need Much Defense

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People like my friend Bob Hoffman, a.k.a. The Ad Contrarian, at times grow fatigued by all the hubbub around social media and content marketing. Bob says, “Content is a meaningless term — a media contrivance — invented by bullshit artists to add gravitas and mystery to mundane marketing activities.” Yes, Hoffman is a humorist at […]

Move 10% to 25% of Your Client’s TV Spending To Online Video

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Daryl Simm, chief executive officer of Omnicom Group’s media operations, overseas roughly $54.4 billion in advertising spending around the globe. According to The Wall Street Journal, Simm has been advising advertisers such as PepsiCo, Visa, McDonald’s and Apple to move 10% to 25% of their TV dollars to online video. It’s an exciting prospect. Say […]

Columbia Sportswear Films Brand Advocates On Field Trip In Jordan

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Columbia Sportswear has been “trying stuff since 1938.” Now, with the help of CMD in Portland the recreational clothing maker is trying on the content producer’s role with the release of a new brand-sponsored documentary, I Am #OMNITEN. Each year Columbia selects ten more people to join its #omniten program. The #omniten are not full […]

What You Can Bring To the Content Party: Digital Endurance

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Change is the only constant. In digital media terms though, change is more than a constant, it’s a constant storm. Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge, waxes nostalgic about blogging days gone by. Let’s listen and learn. Six to eight years ago, most bloggers were living in our own version of the ‘Conde Nast heydays’ […]

Publicis Groupe’s Digerati Join NYC Media Lab


In a quest to innovate and apply leaner methods to age old practices, agencies are increasingly acting like media and technology companies. In one such move, Publicis Groupe—agency parent to DigitasLBi, MRY, Razorfish and VivaKi—is joining the NYC Media Lab as a corporate member. Other partners include AT&T, ESPN, HBO, Hearst, NBCUniversal, News Corp., Time […]